sashi-isms is now Adsense-free

BIG FREAKING MAJOR CLARIFICATION: This post is not an attack on Google Adsense, nor is it an attack on any blogger who does or doesn’t use Google ads. It’s not an attack on PPS and I’m not requesting anyone to remove their Google ads, boycott Google ads or stop pinging PPS. My meaning is extremely simple: I’m removing the ads because they were making me feel greedy and envious of other successful ad-driven blogs. I like all those blogs and more, and I don’t want to feel envious anymore – hence this decision. Thank you.

You see them everywhere nowadays.

Most blogs – especially many of the ones that ping PPS – have them somewhere in their pages. Some display them in a corner, out of the way of their content. Some display them prominently, right in your face.

All Most of them share the same dream – making money from blogging. (Edit: Alright. Some put them up because they can.)

Once thought to be an impossible dream, it has become a target within touching distance, thanks to money-making-bloggers like Darren, Jacob and our very own LCF.

Google Adsense ads have become such a fixture in blogs that it almost seems odd when you come across a blog that doesn’t have it.

And that’s ok. We all try to make the best of our resources, so there’s absolutely nothing wrong with placing ads in the hope of generating some pocket money.

But then, a few blogs have been really going at it aggressively – to the extent of perhaps committing fraud.

There have been an increasing number of bloggers – here and abroad – whose Adsense accounts have been suspended (meaning their ads got deactivated by Google) for reasons that mainly seem to be related to fraudulent clicks.

All of these bloggers cried foul, of course. Some deny any wrongdoing; some claim that there’s a conspiracy to frame them; some, incredibly enough, place the blame entirely on Google by saying that the Billion-dollar Internet Giant didn’t want to pay out the coupla hundred dollars the bloggers are owed. Yeah, right, that’s probably it.

(Edit: I should be more clear here. I’m not accusing anyone of fraud. I mean that’s what Google seems to be implying. I’m also aware of the possibility that there may be vindictive and just plain mean individuals who could be sabotaging honest bloggers’ Adsense performance by repeatedly clicking on the ads until it trips Google’s fraud alert.)

People seem to forget that Google is a business entity, and like any other business entity, are not in the business of getting screwed. Their clients – advertisers – don’t like getting screwed either. The advertisers pay good money to Google to help them market their products and services, and they pay out even more when people come to their sites via these ads. Google began sharing some of these revenues with website and blog owners and publishers who helped Google display these ads and reach out to a greater public.

Unfortunately, a few people seem to be forgetting who their paymasters are. It’s as if they should paid money just because they’re displaying Google ads. And then there’re those who claim to blog for blogging’s sake, but really, they’re in it for the money.

LCF’s blog is a good example of an ad-driven blog; plus, unlike certain bloggers, LCF doesn’t pretend to be anyone he isn’t – his aim is to be a pro-blogger. That’s ok. The important thing is that he DOES have good content.

Some ad-adriven blogs don’t. There’s this one blog that puzzles me. His content are just mostly duplications of stuff found elsewhere. No big deal, many bloggers (including me) do that. And yet, and yet, not only does he get tonnes of unique visits, he makes quite a healthy amount of dough from Google. And this for a Malaysian blogger who’s been blogging for just 6 months.

Does that sound like envy to you? It probably is. I’m not the only one who’s envious – judging by the recent furore over his alleged ‘spamming’ on PPS, quite a substantial number of PPS bloggers have had their feathers ruffled by this upstart. I cannot speak for them, but I think I know why I’m annoyed: it’s because I had Google ads longer than he’s been blogging and I’ve only made about US$50 to date.

And before any Adsense expert starts lecturing why this is so, let me pre-empt you: I KNOW why this so. My content doesn’t really have any marketable worth. Most of what I write has no commercial appeal, and the ads reflect this, ergo readers are not compelled to click. (I’ve been wanting to add “ergo” somewhere in my posts, and now I have. ;))

As time went on, I got more envious and more greedy – I tried switching templates in order to maximise ad real-estate. I placed ads in prominent places so that readers cannot avoid it – which I’m sure annoyed quite a few readers out there. I’m sorry for that.

Sometimes, due to server connections, the loading of the Google ads end up slowing the entire blog loading time. This is not a big problem, but if it has inconvenienced anyone, I’m sorry for that too.

I’m not the only one whose greed and envy has been growing. This disease has been infecting many other bloggers, and these emotions have been joined by hate and anger.

Bloggers are slagging off other bloggers, lambasting them from every corner, creating a level of animosity within the “PPS blogiverse” not seen since the occasional Tim-Yang-bashing-sessions.

It’s even forced LCF to announce he’ll stop pinging PPS anymore. (Not that it matters to me, since I subscribe to his RSS feed anyway…)

As Eyeris said in this PPS announcement/post: “going through PPS is just no fun anymore…”

I don’t know if all this is going to get nastier, but I certainly don’t want to be part of this hostility.

As such, I am withdrawing all Google ads from this blog. I don’t like feeling jealous, or envious of anyone (including the afore-mentioned new blogger – and I must say this – despite the fact that his contents are not original, they sometimes DO tend to be interesting: like this Flash game, which I find to be fun, in a juvenile, red-neck sorta way… πŸ˜‰ ) and I hope that removing all these ads will help me get to grips with this simple truth: I did not start blogging for the money.

sashi-isms is not a vehicle for revenue-generation. It is not a means to exploit the commercial opportunities afforded by the web.

sashi-isms is me. And since I’m not the kind of person who’d walk around plastered in ads, neither should this blog.

Bye, Google ads. It’s been fun. Not.

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28 thoughts on “sashi-isms is now Adsense-free”

  1. Oh…it’s going to get nasty alright. We got to finda way to make sure there is some level of decency and control. But then…seeing that blogs have exploded across Malaysia…I guess this is the infancy state…or…teen angst stage. I don’t know.

  2. Respect to u…by the way…when my experiments with kahsoon.com is over…i’ll be doing what you are doing and doing what liew had done.

  3. yeah, not every blog suitable for adsense. there are only few blog themes will get profit from the advertisement program.

    btw, bloggingpro is not earning as much as I thought.

    maybe i can planning to open malaysia first Pro-blog company. πŸ˜‰

  4. Hey congrats… and just for the record my blog was not about making money (obviously). I got kicked out from AdSense and was pretty pissed about it but please don’t simply say that the blogger commited fraud.

    Kahsoon, what experiment are you talking about and when will it be over?

  5. i always thought they were ‘menyemak-ing’ my blog. i only have them there as an ‘experiment’ of sorts for my hubby. he’s sorta studying this thing.

    anyhow, my blog is just like my diary. it’s pieces of me. of course lah won’t make money! hahaha!

  6. I still only have USD1.81 in my adsense account. But I keep it there because it adds colour to the blog. the colour BLUE, that is…

  7. like eyeris, although i make very little out of adsense, and i know i will continue to make very little since my content is not so good, i’ll still keep adsense. no harm in keeping it (unless it really slow down the loading of the page).

    i do not blog for money but if the opportunity comes to earn some money while doing something i love – blogging – why not. and my love for blogging is genuine (much more than for earning!) therefore i don’t care if i can’t make money out of adsense (or any other ads). i figure since the ads are there, why not give it a try. got money good lah, no money also good lah – life goes on!

  8. “I’m removing the ads because they were making me feel greedy and envious of other successful ad-driven blogs. I like all those blogs and more, and I don’t want to feel envious anymore – hence this decision.”

    good you make yourself clear there.

    so that is your reason eh.

    mind if i ask why? why would you want to feel greedy and envious? it’s just one of those things inside you that you can’t explain eh? never mind, you don’t have to answer of course.

    for me, i don’t feel greedy or envious at all at people who earns a lot… but of course that’s me, and you are you. πŸ™‚

  9. Nilesh: I just want to make myself really clear, that’s all – in case people misinterpret me.

    Lucia: Human nature, perhaps? I’d like to to think my blog means something – to me, at least – but I found myself increasingly measuring its worth using Ad revenue, which of course is very stupid of me. And I didn’t like the idea that certain other blogs were “worth” more in that respect. That’s all – just a personal issue with me. Now all is good again, no envy, no jealousy, no greed, no pretense. I love being me again… πŸ™‚

  10. I don’t have adsense so I don’t know why there was such a big fuss. But practically every other blog I visited has them. With the explosion of the blogging community, and with every kid on the block having adsense, the amount of adsense earnings can only go down. The same pie is going to get divided into too many pieces. Much like the “Flower Horn” syndrome. Never mind, at least you got something out of it!

  11. That’s part of the reason why people are straying from the reason why they first started blogging – to make money, instead of indulging in pure self-expression. But hooray for Sashi-isms now being ad-free. πŸ˜€

  12. /subliminal messaging
    Ads are good. Click on ads. Make you smart and strong. Make you sexy. Ads are good. Click more. Make you more sexy. Click click click.
    /end subliminal messaging

  13. I seem to be a late commenter on this but oh well. It’s been said in several newer designers now who have blogs that if one is planning to advertise on their website, they need to put aside a space for it. The reason the ads on some blogs are sometimes disorganize is because they try to fit the Google ad most appropriate within that space. Anyway, I’m not hardselling the Google ads so I don’t mind even if the revenue isn’t a 1000 per month.

    Cheers.

  14. Once anything get’s too popular it becomes hard to manage and get’s abused, I think PPS was watered down by idiots like Kahsoon pinging 5 times in less than 30 seconds..I mean wtf plz get a life, it’s all regurgitated crap from the net, he doesn’t even write anything, it’s just not blogging.

    PPS was good, now, well it’s not so fun any more.

    http://www.blogsmalaysia.com ftw πŸ˜‰

    And I put Adsense up to get out of the google sandbox, I expect I shall remove it shortly.

  15. I really admire your stand here, mate. I don’t have anything bad against Google Adsense. Afterall, Google come up with Blogger.com which I blogging. But when the ad becomes more or more the main feature of the blog, the blog loses it’s identity.

  16. Balajoe: A small correction, if I may. Google didn’t actually come up with Blogger – they bought it. They did however remove the baner ads that used to appear on blogspot sites and introduced the Blogger Navbar instead, which, in well-designed blogs, complement the overall look well.

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